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ELDER ROBERT LEROY HARRIS, SR.

September 4, 1947 June 2, 2014
ELDER ROBERT LEROY HARRIS, SR.
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Robert L. Harris was born on September 4, 194 7 to the late Isaac Leroy Harris and Sylvia Elizabeth Harris in Prince Frederick, MD. He was the oldest of nine children.

Robert attended Brooks High School and completed the 10th grade. In April 1970, Robert Harris enlisted in the US Army and fought in Vietnam from 1970-1971. He was a decorated Vietnam War Veteran and a Retired Sergeant in U.S. National Guard. Robert trained at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Company D, Sixth Battalion, and Second Brigade. He received the following medals: National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and Combat Infantryman Badge.

On November 4, 1971, Robert confirmed his love to the late Maddie Harris by entering into holy matrimony. They were married for 43 years. Out of this union were born three children.

On February 13, 1973, Robert gave his life to Christ and was saved at Greater Bible Way at the age of 25. His wife, the late Maddie Harris, received the Holy Ghost on February 15, 1973. As you can see, they did everything, including getting saved together.

He served faithfully at Solid Rock Church, Port Republic, MD for many years becoming a Deacon, Minister and ordained Elder in August 2001. Elder Harris attended services at Greater Mt. Gethsemane with Bishop Watts. He preached all over Calvert County, Washington, DC, St. Mary's County, Philadelphia, PA, and New Jersey. He loved the Lord and he loved to preach. Even when he wasn't in the pulpit, he had encouraging words, a testimony or a praise for God.

In 1996, Elder Harris's wife, Sister Maddie joined Greater Love Temple, in Milford, DE and shortly after, Elder Harris followed and was immediately accepted and loved by the saints. He was the Sunday School Superintendent and one of the adult Sunday school teachers. As a Sunday school teacher he always challenged the Saints to study the word by passing out test each week. He would warn the saints to read the lesson because they never knew what question would be on the test. Elder Harris actually took the time to grade every test each week! Some Sundays, Elder Harris would be the speaker or he would preside over the service.

Elder Harris faithfully worked and served at the State Highway Administration in Prince Frederick, MD from 1977 to 2012. After 35 years of service, he retired as a Facility Maintenance Equipment Operator 3. He was one of the few people who loved when it snowed. He was eager and happy to clear his assigned roadways. He drove his truck with pride and took care of his crew like family.

He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He favorite past time was to spend hours on the local waterways fishing. He won many fishing tournaments, collecting several prizes and titles over the years. He also loved to hunt! A few of his victims were squirrels, rabbit, wild turkeys and boars, buffalo and deer, just to name a few. One of his prize prey was a 2,000 pound buffalo! He loved to share his catch with his family, church family, neighbors, and friends.

Elder Harris had a lot of wisdom and he was a patient, loving man. He was admired and respected by everyone, not just his church family. Everyone knew Elder Harris to be a Man of God. He served the Lord wholeheartedly. He was a blueprint and prime example of how to live your life for God and make Heaven your home. He lived his life with pride. He was a wise Elder, a loving husband for 43 years, a great father and grandfather for 42 years, a great teacher, provider, and loyal servant to the U.S Armed Forces, the State of Maryland and was loved and respected by everyone.

Elder Harris leaves to cherish all the wonderful memories, one daughter, Roxanne Harris; two sons, Robert L. Harris, Jr. (Kimberly), Rayfield Harris (Kecia); three grandsons, Michael Harris, Damon Swann, and Robert Harris III, two granddaughters; Monica Swann and Tristan Harris, one godson, Jabari Penn, six brothers, Isaac Harris, Floyd Harris (Mary), Maurice Harris (Juanita), John Harris (Geraldine) Charles Harris (Deborah) Leonard Harris (Marsha), two sisters, Darlene Harris, Doris Mackall (deceased) and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, friends, and his loving church family.

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Visitation

Sunday

8

Jun

4:00 PM 6/8/2014 4:00:00 PM - 6:00 PM 6/8/2014 6:00:00 PM
Sewell Funeral Home

1451 Dares Beach Road
Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Sewell Funeral Home
1451 Dares Beach Road Prince Frederick 20678 MD
United States

Visitation

Monday

9

Jun

11:00 AM 6/9/2014 11:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 6/9/2014 12:00:00 PM
Bethel Way of the Cross Church

5450 Cherry Hill Road
Huntingtown, MD 20639

Bethel Way of the Cross Church
5450 Cherry Hill Road Huntingtown 20639 MD
United States

Service

Monday

9

Jun

12:00 PM 6/9/2014 12:00:00 PM
Bethel Way of the Cross Church

5450 Cherry Hill Road
Huntingtown, MD 20639

Bethel Way of the Cross Church
5450 Cherry Hill Road Huntingtown 20639 MD
United States
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